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A poem for Remembrance Day

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Help your children to understand the significance of Remembrance Day – and why the poppy has become such a powerful symbol – using this classic World War I poem

About ‘In Flanders Fields’

This well-known and moving poem from the First World War was written by a Canadian soldier, John McCrae, who witnessed his friend’s death.

It uses the poppy as a dramatic symbol.

The poem is presented here in A2 poster format, accompanied by information about the author along with a short extract from Shakespeare’s Hamlet which also features flowers as symbols.

Follow-up a reading of the poem with a practical dictionary activity, using the activity sheet Say it with flowers which invites children to research, and write definitions explaining the meaning of, a list of flowers and plants.